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A Working Day – Farmer, Yorkshire

November 17, 2019

I’m Neil Hazeltine, I live and work at Hill Top Farm in Malham. I was born and bred at Malham,
I’ve always lived on the farm. The family has been here for over a hundred years. Everyday there’s something to do.
There’s never a day when there’s not to do so it’s a very incessant work. You can’t not go out because it’s raining or snowing. In fact on those days it’s most important that you’re out there to make sure that the sheep have something to eat and are where they should be and they’re not in any danger from snow or wind or a combination of the two. We do try to get holidays but it’s much more difficult cause you have to get people to look after the stock and the people you find to qualify ought to have a little bit of knowledge as well. In here there are belted Galloways. These are the brown ones which are called Dun and there are the black & white ones and obviously they both got the characteristic
sort of belt around them, hence the name. This cattle is able to live outside. They’re able to thrive in this kind of conditions which most cattle wouldn’t be able to do. They live outside all year round. They live up right in front of the skyline most of the year. There are three calves, so I come to check on those. But there’s one cow with a calf that is just sticking out a little bit so I’ve come to check if that’s alright. We try to allow the cows to exhibit as much
of their natural behavior as possible. You can just see the calf laid in the thistles and I’ve seen it trying to get milk from his mother so we’ll just go and leave her deal with it. There’s a lot of work involved with a sheep enterprise, there’s always something to do with the sheep. And the time taken up with the sheep is the time that impacts the most upon family life because we’re working extremely hard we spend a lot of time with the sheep it can test the patience somewhat. I would never discourage my daughter from going farming despite it being hard work and there are days when you maybe don’t want to do it. There’s lot of positive in it as well and it’s a great life. It is quite a nice feeling for me knowing that my forefathers
and grandfather farmed this land. And I’m thinking that the way forward at the moment is to go back to how things were farmed a long time ago which seems odd in some respects. But I think we’ve got to farm in tune with nature and we’ve got to farm in a way which doesn’t impact negatively
upon the natural environment around us. So there’s a nice feeling about that but that doesn’t mean I would put any pressure
on my daughter to take it over. But if she wanted to, that would be great.


  • Reply Sialyn January 5, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    From seeing Australian farms, I have serious envy of that much green.

  • Reply Asa Tan January 7, 2016 at 12:52 am

    I love this series of videos =') It's very eye opening. I greatly admire and am a tiny bit envious of their perspective of the world. Thank you for making these! (May I ask why these are unlisted?)

  • Reply Andrej Katona January 18, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Very insightful.

  • Reply Naseem Hossen January 30, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you for another awesome and interesting video once again!

  • Reply Myles S January 30, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    I've been there malham is very pretty and pain in the ass for gsce geography course work.

  • Reply Mayur January 30, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    wow 2 in a row 🙂

  • Reply Mohammed Shk Moiz Sulemanji January 30, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Hareton Earnshaw… is that you!? (pls someone get this joke)

  • Reply Marco Papa January 30, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    That looks awesome! The place, the life * _ *
    Plus just look at that quad-riding dog!

  • Reply Blu Sky January 30, 2016 at 6:38 pm


  • Reply TheDarKnight 57 January 30, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Wow. That was really well-produced.

  • Reply roothik January 30, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    That's a beautiful natural landscape.

  • Reply will vickers January 30, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I'm from Yorkshire and it's fucking brilliant

  • Reply OdinMMA January 30, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    If this fine chap doesn't mind a Lancashire lad for an adopted son, I'd love to help at the farm. Best job ever! Ps despite the Lancashire – Yorkshire rivalry, I always kinda wanted a Yorkshire accent.

  • Reply Vagrant Otaku January 30, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    looks like very peacful quiet work. I wouldn't mind doing it meself.

  • Reply Leoven January 30, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    The only reason I watched this is because Yorkshire

  • Reply A. January 30, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I do not desire material possessions yet i can not find it in myself to separate from them.
    Anyone has some tips ?

  • Reply Marlon Bas January 30, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Its as if the man in the previous video is stuck in the past and is pushing for his children to live a "first world" lifestyle with its technological aspects, and the man in the second video is in said "first world" and is backing away from those same technological aspects.

    I think it turned out great to upload these two in a row, similar lines of work but very different environment, tools and cultures. I felt the end was particularly good, the herder from Cameroon is hoping his kids will get an education and do something different, as if he's hoping they have a better life with a "first worldish" modern lifestyle. But over in the "first world" the farmer wants to go more back to the old ways and hopes to conserve the traditions of his family.

  • Reply Andres Escobar January 30, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks SOL for doing these! I love how simple this series is. It definitely gives us a broader understanding of things and situations we might never experience. Keep on doing it! Cheers from NY

  • Reply Axel Fierce January 30, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Interesting lmao anyone wanna watch my vid on feminism 🙂

  • Reply JoshDoesEverything January 30, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    great vid, with his accent all I could think of was the girl from Brave

  • Reply Luke Luke January 30, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I really like these videos I feel transported to the other side of the world into someones daily life

  • Reply seb nev January 30, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    All meat should be raised like this, if that means it costs ten times as much good riddance, the less of it the better.

  • Reply Callum Conlin January 30, 2016 at 9:56 pm


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  • Reply Derek Ruiz Del Cid January 30, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    those cows looks like oreos

  • Reply Thomas J. Damario January 31, 2016 at 12:24 am

    If you ever get around to the states you should try to do one on the Amish, although it would be rather difficult to do considering they don't allow photographs

  • Reply Max Stirner January 31, 2016 at 12:47 am

    The shot where he crossed the stream on his four wheeler with his dog was awesome!

  • Reply HyperionNyx January 31, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Holy fuck that weather literally sums up the UK's weather in a nut shell.

  • Reply HyperColours January 31, 2016 at 1:21 am

    The best kind of man with a holistic mind set. Respect all day.

  • Reply bluba blubaxn January 31, 2016 at 2:23 am

    awesome vid as always

  • Reply Ben Aaron January 31, 2016 at 3:42 am

    You guys should do a video of someone who doesn't work.
    Someone who lives in their parents basement and plays video games.
    It would be a hilarious contrast.

  • Reply brod2man January 31, 2016 at 3:43 am

    This guy had such an Australian accent at the begining. Wouldn't be surprised if we have a Yorkshire farm somewhere here

  • Reply Red Construct January 31, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Is there a possibility to bring this farmer in contact with the previous one? I would pay to see that happen.

  • Reply Joseph M. January 31, 2016 at 5:19 am

    I like how you do a video about the same craft but in different places. it gives you better perspective

  • Reply Cristopher Carrasco January 31, 2016 at 6:06 am

    I wonder if he considers himself a slave to his job

  • Reply Bayu Kurniawan January 31, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Interesting, I actually don't know about farming at all. it seems cold there, is that why you only farmed sheeps and cows? or you farmed other animals? like chicken or pigs?if yes, where would you put them?


  • Reply Easy Endeavour January 31, 2016 at 8:29 am

    I live and grew up in Yorkshire and around farming and this is such a great video. Farming is tough but very warding like he mentions!

  • Reply Hrnek Bezucha January 31, 2016 at 9:22 am

    It's great to see that not every farmed animal comes from concrete factory farm. Unfortunatelly there is very few of similar farms and their meat, milk and eggs is not getting enough attention due to the higher price and harder access. After learning how intensive animal agricalture works, I am willing to pay higher price. Animal products we can find in supermarket chains is garbage and those who pay the highest price are the animals themselves.

  • Reply Brughel January 31, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Would you guys consider making a video on Dante Alighieri/ The Divine Comedy? I love the bastard, and the School of Life team have often expressed an interest in religious ideas similar to his.

  • Reply Alex Hill January 31, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Great idea btw, love this new series, can't wait for next episode!

  • Reply ellenandmoon January 31, 2016 at 11:54 am

    This landscape is sooooo incredibly beautiful! I'd love you to go back there in summer and do another video of the farming live.

  • Reply Lowinator January 31, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Interesting series!

  • Reply Ricky Roma January 31, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Interesting.would love to farm.

  • Reply Happy TX January 31, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    God bless the farmers. Thank you for your hard.

  • Reply gephotha January 31, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I think these videos deserve another channel

  • Reply Tom Algie January 31, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Lovely, well shot video of Malham, above Settle where I used to live. This sort of farming and the farmer is incredibly important to the landscape. I now live in a similar landscape in the south of France with a few more trees. The farmers here are equally great. Thanks for the video.

  • Reply James Ashcraft January 31, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    I love these videos. I don't even think i love myself but i love these videos.

  • Reply thekingof300 January 31, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    1:30 that cow is picking his nose right in front of the camera

  • Reply Tawarwaith February 1, 2016 at 12:06 am

    It's refreshing seeing back-to-basics farms instead of massive factory farms.

  • Reply Eric February 1, 2016 at 2:47 am

    Why does everyone identify country farming (even the guy in the video did) with the word, "natural?"

    What on earth is natural about forcefully breeding and enslaving another sentient being? These animals are treated as living commodities. Whether or not the sheep are able to acknowledge that is another thing, but I do not agree with the concept of owning another being.

    And this is the ideal farm. 10% of animal agriculture is performed on settings like these. The rest operate under horrid conditions. And yet, if they didn't, animal products would be a luxury.

  • Reply Tim Davis February 1, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Hey school of life, maybe do a video on the working life of somebody in a slaughterhouse? Show the animal agriculture industry as a whole. It is very illuminating and may make others think more in depth and ask why they eat what they eat when they could just eat plants. Food for thought, thought for food.

  • Reply john pardon February 1, 2016 at 10:05 am

    meanwile in the netherlands, "3 floor building full of pigs" so primitive here.. happy, but primitive..

  • Reply Yarah el gerzawY February 1, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    The herd man in Cameroon and this farmer in Yorkshire just show you how not so different we all are at the end!

  • Reply Kenya Sage February 2, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Please do more of these videos. They open new perspectives for me.

  • Reply Sora Dawson February 3, 2016 at 10:32 am

    It is nice to almost step into another person's shoes for a few minutes in these types of videos. As always, thanks, school of life.

  • Reply Nalminji February 3, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    This video is good too.

  • Reply Paul McDonagh February 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Wow are there only like 7 of these? Was looking for a whole playlist of at least 50. You have work to do SOL! 🙂

  • Reply chrissscottt February 4, 2016 at 9:52 am

    From a New Zealander's perspective it seemed more like a hobby farm.

  • Reply Ryan G. February 4, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I envy this int💩🙄ensely. I can't quite articulate why. ( it's more than just being out there intimately with nature or the 'simple life' aspect of it all.) I feel it just a calling I can't ignore. I clearly may have studied the wrong field of interest.)

  • Reply scozio February 5, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    In a stunning turn of events, it is raining in England.

  • Reply SEEKER February 13, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    The area and the weather are just beautiful !

  • Reply marioriospinot February 13, 2016 at 11:42 pm


  • Reply Devendra Singh February 14, 2016 at 4:44 am

    A beautiful life.

  • Reply Miguel Cisneros February 20, 2016 at 7:09 am

    I wish I could do this instead of lets say the "modern america" route.

  • Reply weirdshibainu February 20, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    the fences are awesome. …it may be hard work, but at least he's not stuck in an office

  • Reply xm377Moyocoyatzin February 20, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    0:02 x D

  • Reply uchihadante77 February 20, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    It`s nice to see that there are still places like this and people like him. I would really like to live in Yorkshire.

  • Reply Scott February 23, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    I wish I had his life. And his sheep dog.

  • Reply Ⰴⱆⰿⱀⱏⰹ Ⱄⱐⰾⱉⰲⰹⰰⱀⰹⱀ February 24, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I would call him a herder instead of a farmer. He doesn't raise any cultures, doesn't he? My grandfather has the apple gardens, pear gardens, tomato fields and melon fields. So, he is a farmer. But this guy is a herder, right?

  • Reply TukenNuken March 9, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    A absolutely love the Working Day series. I hope they keep coming.

  • Reply Alexander Morgan March 10, 2016 at 4:22 am

    I wonder how vegans react when seeing this video and what their opinion is of this man's occupation. The cows and goats are clearly not being mistreated or murdered for their meat, and it's their milk that's the extracted product, presumably not in a malicious or hurtful manner. The bloke seems nice and friendly and truly caring towards his animals. So I wonder if what is shown here meets with their approval or not and whether they'd mind having a glass of milk there if visiting. Hypothetically.

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  • Reply xoxBelllaDonnaxox March 26, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    This is why my vegan friends upset me when they criticize the meat industry despite the fact most have never set foot on a farm in their lives. My dad is farmer, the farm has been in our family for 500 years. It's more than just a job, it's a legacy. My dad works pretty much everyday no matter what the weather. He does everything in his power to keep our cattle safe a healthy. Despite being not being an emotional man, I've seen him cry over dead livestock. I can completely understand why someone would choose to be vegan. However vegan activists often ignore the whole picture when the criticize farming industry and make out that extreme cases of animal cruelty are the norm within the industry which is simply not true. My father and this man are a testament to this.

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  • Reply J-Me April 14, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Beautiful country

  • Reply Dialogue with the Stars April 28, 2016 at 9:35 am

    For some odd reason this video turned out to be tremendously aesthetically pleasing

  • Reply ZBdude149 August 21, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Is it rude to say that this farmer shouldn't be exploiting animals? I know this guy is very traditional, but we live in a world now that doesn't need to do this anymore. Just like we use guns today instead of swords and shields in war, so too should we adopt a sustainable diet that helps the environment as well as improve our health. And we can allow all life to flourish in peace.

  • Reply oscar strokosz September 14, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Being in the UK this isn't that surprising or eye opening. I wonder what other nationalities think is eye opening about it as it may just be me being used to it.

  • Reply Aaron B123 September 22, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    where's the helmet safety comes first most deaths on farms are from people not wearing a helmet on atv just a little fact if that was my farm I would ware a helmet because I don't what to wake up the next morning in hospital paralysed because i didn't where a helmet  and I cant work ever again moving the sheep or Galloway's about the field it just annoys me when people don't ware a helmet it takes two seconds to clip that helmet on and save you life THANKS IF YOU READ THIS

  • Reply Napoleon4778 October 6, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Lovely video. I love your job: nothing's more satisfying than working in nature, in the open air. I would love to come out and help you someday! I don't have any experience farming but, yes, like a fieldtrip, you know… I can do manually hard work.

  • Reply Fredricka Apple tree March 22, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    This sort of life is being slowly destroyed :(.

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  • Reply Farming In Yorkshire January 4, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    the life i live and love 🙂
    great video

  • Reply JCNATION DOES FARMING SIMULATOR January 13, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    I'd work for him

  • Reply Good luck everyone June 7, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    I hate having to do work for farmers in England. They are as tight as a ducks arse with payments and they drive around in a Mercedes.
    They always want pity and government hand outs, when they are just another business .

  • Reply Levon Manukyan June 9, 2018 at 11:13 am

  • Reply DW August 7, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    I wouldn't mind doing this work sometime.

  • Reply Agricruit October 3, 2018 at 7:56 am

    This video is SO well done, would love to know who filmed it. Great to hear natural sounds for once! They can certainly test your patience!

  • Reply Steymar Stark February 20, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Proud to be a Yorkshireman.

  • Reply quempto October 1, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Farmers mentality…. cutting a hedge midday and block the roads,run around like a headless chicken and achieve fuck all, deny themselves any holiday or social life as always working. End of the day..whay you working for??

  • Reply Andri Yansyah November 16, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    warm greetings from me indonesian, Watching videos that you upload on YouTube makes me interested to be part of the livestock team that you are running right now, I hope that I can feel the feeling of joining and working with the farm that you make, I hope that you can reply to my message, thank you

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